MEDIA, Pa. -- After 16 consecutive matches away from home to start the season, Penn State Brandywine finally played its home opener Tuesday, but the night was spoiled by Delaware Valley as the Aggies claimed a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) victory over the Lions.
Brandywine got off to a slow start, falling behind 9-2 during the opening set, but rebounded to get within one on a kill by Hannah Sarafinas (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) at 14-13. DelVal pushed back in front by four and then used a 5-0 run, aided by four Brandywine errors, to secure the first set.
The Lions ran out to a 10-3 edge during set No. 2; however, Delaware Valley steadily chipped away, eventually knotting the score at 19-19 following a service ace. That point was part of a 7-0 spurt for the visitors, who used back-to-back kills to take the set and build a 2-0 lead.
The Aggies never trailed during the final frame, opening up a lead of seven points on four occasions, before using three-straight points to extend the margin to 20-11. Brandywine rallied to within 22-19 behind two kills and three DelVal errors, but the Aggies held on for the victory.
Gianna Anthony (Newtown Square, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy), Amanda Floyd (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) and Brandi James (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) all reached double figures in digs with Anthony leading the way with 12. James and Floyd both collected 10, while Sarafinas recorded three blocks and Rikelle Taylor (Nottingham, Pa./Solanco) tallied two blocks.
Sarafinas posted a team-high six kills and Taylor registered five, while James produced four. Rebecca Gonzalez (Clearwater, Fla./Washburn Academy) dished out 17 assists and set down two of the Lions' three service aces.
Brandywine (5-12, 4-1 PSUAC) is back at home on Thursday to face Penn State Hazleton at 7:00 pm.
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October 22, 2019 Brandywine Tops York 3-1 On Senior Night
October 20, 2019 Brandywine Knocks Off Wilkes-Barre 3-0
October 16, 2019 Lions' Rally Falls Short In Final Non-Conference Match
October 10, 2019 Brandywine Falls At Rutgers-Camden
October 9, 2019 Brandywine Sweeps Scranton For Fifth-Straight Win
October 5, 2019 Brandywine Wins Three On Dig Pink Day
October 3, 2019 Lions Complete Season Sweep Of Hazleton
October 2, 2019 Brandywine Hosts Dig Pink Saturday
October 1, 2019 Brandywine Drops Home Opener To DelVal
September 29, 2019 Brandywine Competes In PSUAC Crossover Weekend
September 24, 2019 Brandywine Handles York In Three Sets
September 22, 2019 Brandywine Bounces Back To Beat Lehigh Valley
September 20, 2019 Brandywine Falls At Ursinus
September 19, 2019 Brandywine Dealt First PSUAC Defeat
September 16, 2019 Brandywine Tops Valley Forge; Wins Third-Straight Match
September 15, 2019 Brandywine Earns Road Sweep Over Scranton
September 11, 2019 Brandywine Opens Conference Play With First Victory
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September 7, 2019 Brandywine Drops A Pair At Gwynedd Tri-Match
September 4, 2019 Lions Drop 3-0 Decision At Albright
August 31, 2019 Brandywine Falls At Goucher 3-0
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